Northwest’s TWIRP dance gets record attendance

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Northwest’s TWIRP dance gets record attendance

The main entrance to the venue right before the dance begins. Bryan Park hosted the event for the second year in a row.

The main entrance to the venue right before the dance begins. Bryan Park hosted the event for the second year in a row.

The main entrance to the venue right before the dance begins. Bryan Park hosted the event for the second year in a row.

The main entrance to the venue right before the dance begins. Bryan Park hosted the event for the second year in a row.

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Balloons cover the ceiling. Music fills the air. Icicle lights hang down. In one room, hundreds of students can be found dancing to the latest hits. In another, students can be found waiting in line for the photo booth or snacking on some winter-themed cupcakes. On the outside patio, corn hole is being played. It’s a frozen paradise. It’s this year’s TWIRP dance.

On Saturday Jan. 27, the Northwest student council hosted its second TWIRP (The Women Is Requested to Pay) dance. The event was held at Bryan Park and was a fun opportunity for many students and staff.

“I think that TWIRP went well,” English teacher and student council adviser Alex Wertz said. “We sold a record number of tickets, and we also had a record number of people check in. There weren’t any incidents, and everything seemed to go smoothly.”

The dance was originally scheduled for Jan. 20, but got delayed a week due to snow. Weather is always an issue when planning a winter dance.

“[Moving forward], we’re still gonna look to try and get the date right,” Wertz said. “January is hard because we usually get at least one winter storm. Moving it to December would be hard because it’s hard to get a venue in December, venues are doing Christmas parties and corporate events. Then February is starting to get too close to Prom. So if we keep it in January, we always have to be cognizant of the fact of winter weather.”

The postponement meant that some details had to be changed and that some students could not attend; however, students were delighted at the quick turn around.

“It was impressive to see the student council to put together such a fun night at such short notice due to the snow delay,” Doyle said.

The weather issues are not the only concern moving forward.

“We’ll have to look and see about the venue itself,” Wertz said. “If we’re gonna continue to sell six hundred plus tickets, another venue might have to be used. That being said, if we switch a larger venue, that’s gonna cost more money. We’d have to increase the cost of the tickets and I don’t know that the students wanna pay more money for tickets. If we do make plans to make changes, I think the student body would have to realize that it’s gonna directly affect them and how much they’re paying.”

On the positive side, this being the second year that Northwest has had a TWIRP made it so that those in charge of planning had more knowledge and experience.

“I think we did a good job in planning and anticipating things, and by doing that it made the process smoother,” Wertz said. “I think having run it before and doing it again and having more experience lends to that.”

The student council members worked for months to plan the dance, and their efforts did not go unnoticed.

“I think that the student body officers did a great job in helping to plan everything and making things run smoothly, and they did a great job with the decorations,” Wertz said. “I think that the venue looked great and that they did a good job promoting the dance. The past two years, the student council has done a good job in that we went from having no dances due to a lack of student participation to having a dance where six hundred students participate. I think it speaks volumes about the student council.”

Senior Kelly Doyle also noted improvements in the dance from last year.

“I definitely saw some improvements in comparison with last year’s TWIRP,” Doyle said. “The turnout was better, and the music was better.”

Students seemed to enjoy the dance, with many staying until the dance’s end at 11:30.

“A lot of people stayed the majority of the time,” Wertz said. “Sometimes in the past, people have come to dances and they leave early, but we actually had a good group of people there until the very end, so I think that reflects highly on their experience.

Overall, many students view TWIRP as a way to unite the student body and get a break from the stress of the school year.

“It’s cool that every class gets to enjoy the experience,” Doyle said. “TWIRP is something to look forward to in the middle of the school year, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who didn’t go.”

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